Development of a framework for entrepreneurial learning in technical education

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The emergence of entrepreneurial learning has become a significant domain of inquiry in reference to both academic study of entrepreneurship and practical creation of new entrepreneurs. Learning is an essential ability to develop entrepreneurial qualities. The knowledge, skills and abilities needed through the different phases of venture creation can be acquired through successfully learning, in order that they can be applied subsequently. Entrepreneurial learning in technical education in Ghana is seen as one of the best tools to achieve economic development. It can be used to solve the graduate unemployment in the country. It has therefore become urgent to encourage people to opt for entrepreneurship after school. This thesis, by gathering relevant research findings, aims to develop a theoretical model to aid facilitate entrepreneurial education in technical education in Ghana. Three objectives were set on which literature review was conducted on which includes: the challenges confronting entrepreneurial learning, the relevance of entrepreneurial learning and development of a framework for facilitating entrepreneurial learning in technical education in Ghana. Philosophically, the study leaned towards the positivism paradigm. Quantitative method was adopted in which survey questionnaires were administered to respondents in gathering primary data. The analytical tools utilized were descriptive statistics and Relative Importance Index (RII). Out of the findings of the research conducted it indicated that: Unreliable access to capital, High loan interest rate, Inflation and High economic cost of doing business are the most significant challenges confronting entrepreneurial learning. Also it was established that Reduce unemployment, Income generation and increased economic growth, Enhancement of individual’s creativity and innovations and Provision of self-employment are the most significance of entrepreneurial learning. Furthermore, it was establish that Development of personal values, Development of self-efficacy, Opportunity recognition, Goal-setting, Motivation, Coping with the liability of newness and Creating relationships and social learning are the most significant themes that will facilitate entrepreneurial learning in technical education in Ghana. It is recommended that students must be encouraged to opt for entrepreneurship after school and Government regulatory set-up must be supportive enough to encourage citizens to engage in entrepreneurship
A thesis submitted to the Department of Building Technology, College of Art and Built Environment in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science,